One of the great things about India’s is tremendous interest in education. People talk about it all the time. Most parents aspire and advice this for their children and so I think it’s a great foundation we have as a country. You know in my experience, growing up here, I think there’s a lot of emphasis on spending time on the books and learning academically. I think there’s a lot of pressure to follow set lanes throughout your career. You’re in high school you’re thinking about college. Lot of times when I was younger people would say this person didn’t get into this college or something and that’s the end of the road. I mean life is so different from that.
I get surprised!
People start preparing variety in their eighth grade. That’s a bit shocking to me. You know I get very surprised people come to IITs and immediately they’re thinking about IIMs and so on. In the US for example, most students don’t choose their majors till their final year. So people explore different things, take advice and find what they really passionate about. They are dealt with these things try and feel what I really enjoy doing and pursue that.
I would do what feels something like you like spending time on. I would use that as a yardstick and not feel the pressure to do what others are telling you to do.
I’ve always wanted to work on computing the computing product. The thing that still keeps me going is the desire to build product, which will be used by billions of users and makes a difference for them. That’s what i’ve been focused on. I mean it doesn’t need to be even in engineering. There are many many different ways and you will see this place in life people do well from all walks of life. I think education needs to evolve and change just like with everything else.
No Guaranteed Success!
Getting into an Elite institution doesn’t guarantee success. It matters a lot, but it doesn’t guarantee Success. You know I would like to see people value creativity, value experience of doing things, taking risk. It is important to be well-rounded. I would encourage people to try different things, take some risks follow their passions a little bit more, enjoy what you’re doing. And what matters most is loving what you’re doing and trying to develop it.
So I think if you follow your heart and do what you like you will always do much better. There can be no better advice than this. It’s worthwhile taking risk. I’m trying to be something you’re really excited by. At the first attempt you don’t do it, you can try again and you know things seem to work out in the long run.
If you work on really difficult things, you’re better off because you have no competition others haven’t been working on that difficult problem. Even if you fail you end up doing something great in the process. You want to aim high enough that you fail few times I think it’s a natural part of the process.
Failure is a Reward. Embrace it.
One good advice I can give is, setbacks actually don’t matter. In Silicon Valley part of the reason so many people start up a company is “starting up a company and even having failed, you can wear it like a badge of honor”. I think it’s important culturally risk is rewarding. So I think it’s important to keep your hopes, keep your dreams and try to follow them. Most of our life plays out is up to you, not up to what happens outside of you and I think it’s important to keep that in mind and take the long-term view.
Some point in your life you have to work with people where you feel a bit insecure, because that means you’re working with people who are better than you and we’re pushing you. If you actually feel very secure in what you do think you’re doing something comfortable and you’re not pushing yourself. There are many many times ourselves working with people in a group, am i doing enough, of these people think much better than me and I think it’s a inherent part of learning.
And as a leader you know I think it’s really important to organizations, where people actually want to work together and you know trusting them to doing the right thing and as a leader it’s less about trying to be successful and more about to make those people successful.